As we let you know last week the Palm Treo Pro will be launching with Bell soon… from what the leaked document showed it’s February 26th… but might actually be available on the 27th now. Want to know the pricing so you can start to budget accordingly?
This can be yours on the following pricing (with a minimum monthly Voice and Data plan of $45):
The Treo Pro comes loaded with Windows Mobile 6.1, 320 x 320 touchscreen display, 2-megapixel camera (8x digital zoom and video capture), WiFi, built-in GPS, support for microSDHC card up to 16GB, 3.5mm headphone jack and is all snapped up with a weight of 4.69 oz (133 grams).
Now that we got all excited for the Sony Ericsson Idou (this is the impressive 12.1 megapixel touchscreen that was announced at the MWC in Barcelona)… I found that us Canadians can be somewhat thrilled about: the W705 will be launching soon.
According to Sony Ericsson Canada’s website: “The W705 is expected to be available within 3 months*” and will be available at Rogers. A couple weeks ago Sony Ericsson also revealed that we will see the X1a, C905a and T303… but as we all know, the term “Coming Soon” is somewhat used lightly.
The W705 will come in “Luxury Silver” and “Passionate Red” and is a slider Walkman phone that has “Wi-Fi and HSUPA turbo 3G”, a 2.4″ QVGA display, 3.2 MP camera, FM radio, Shake control, Sense Me, Play Now, 120 MB of internal memory, expandable memory for up to 4GB.
More here at Sony Ericsson Canada
Bitstream announced what they call the “fastest mobile browser on the market “… BOLT. Us Canadians now have access to this as they have opened it up for a public beta. you can visit http://boltbrowser.com and start clocking websites on your mobile phone like you do on your desktop computer.
The official press release says it’s “Optimized to conserve battery life and data transmissions, BOLT features unrivaled speed – consistently 25 to 50 percent faster than competitors. BOLT offers ultra-fast downloads of streaming and flash video, high standards compliance, rich media and graphics enabling people to view websites just as they do on a PC.”
We now know that the LG Secret is coming soon… but there is nothing like a simple device to get us through what some call “tough economic times”. Rogers will be releasing the cost effective LG Globus TU 330 soon.
A simple flip phone that has a 1.3 megapixel camera with video capabilities, GPS, Stereo Bluetooth and can be yours for only $19.99 on a new 3-year contract. No release date is set for this gem.
Source: MobileSyrup.com Forum
While other mobile manufacturers are scaling back their workforce due to slow sales, RIM had an 66% increase in sales (September-November) and is simply trying to keep up with demand and looking to fill over 3,000 positions.
Nokia recently cut 1,200 jobs, Sony Ericsson 2,000, Motorola basically the whole company is in a reorganization mode.
With the massive success of BlackBerry this year, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said “We have grown our employees base by 50 percent in 2008. And we’re still hiring and we plan to keep hiring. We have growth in our business. We hired about 4,000 people in 2008, currently we have 3,000 open jobs. We’re still hiring a lot…We’re still seeing a wonderful momentum in Blackberry. We shipped our 50 millionth Blackberry”.
Want a new gig? Visit RIM here an submit your application
Voice on the Go has added the ability to reply, compose and forward emails and text messages by voice… This leverages what they call “hands-free and eyes-free communication” and is priced right “that meets recessionary budgets”. Voice on the Go costs $ 5.99 (plus taxes) a month and can be used on BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android devices.
Voice on the Go CEO John McLeod said “With today’s demand for instant communication, it is imperative for mobile professionals and consumers to have hands-free access to email and SMS “on the go”, and especially while driving.”
Microsoft has officially announced Windows Mobile 6.5. The unfortunate news is that anyone who has Windows 6.1 or previous will not have the luxury of upgrading to this new OS. What is so special about 6.5?
First off it will be available in devices by end of year and has a “Touch Friendliness: with new Honeycomb Design, a new version of Internet Explorer that includes as zoom slider and frequently-used commands, new redesigned menus that can be used stylus-free, fingerable home and contacts screens.
Toronto-based Viigo continues to grow… this time it’s with Vodafone in Australia. Viigo has announced that its free mobile content app will be included in the BlackBerry Application Center for Vodafone.
Viigo delivers news, weather, sports, market data, personalized stock portfolios, shopping, social networks, movie listings, flight schedules, flight status etc… Dany Bolduc, Regional Director, Asia Pacific RIM said “With the wide range of features it offers…RIM is pleased to have Viigo available within the BlackBerry Application Center for Vodafone in order to enhance the customer experience on the latest BlackBerry device.”
Thanks to our forum member “Eddy123″ for pointing out that Rogers will be launching the LG Secret TU750 soon.
Rogers puts out a quarterly magazine that informs customers of contest, promotions, current and upcoming phones. There is no specific release date but a good estimated guess would be within a month.
The Secret is a touchscreen slider phone that comes with a 2.4 inch screen (240 x 320 pixels), weighs in at 166 grams with overall dimensions of 102.8 x 50.8 x 11.8 mm. What is also impressive about this device is the addition of a 5 megapixel camera that has auto focus, flash and video capabilities and accelerometer when viewing images. Additional entertainment features are included such as games, music player, FM radio.
In the image Rogers highlights the fact that is has a “Super-thin sleek slider featuring tempered glass and a carbon fibre backing. Access to faster downloads on Rogers 3.5G Network”.
Check out our Forum for more info here. Here is a review when it was launched in the UK:
Palm has released a new video showing the capabilities of the upcoming Pre. Us Canadians will not have this or a few months (rumoured to be Late Q2, early Q3 with Bell). In the meantime you can check out this video here